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Magus Chase and the Ship of the Dead – Book Review

Today’s blog post is going to be… A book review because I haven’t done one in a bit. Anyways this book review is going to be on the book Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan.

“My name is Magnus Chase. These days, I’m one of Odin’s immortal warriors, but that doesn’t stop people trying to kill me all the time”

Loki the god of many things has escaped from his prison.

A crew of giants and zombies await his order to sail on the Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, to battle the Norse gods. If Loki is successful, the seven worlds will be ripped apart in the final battle of Ragnarok.

With the help of Percy Jackson and my cousin Annabeth, and with my friends by my side, I have to journey through monster invested waters to stop Loki before Midsummer’s Day.

Even if we reach Naglfar before it’s too late, I’m going to need more then just Jack, my talking sword. I must find a magical mead so deadly that it will either help me beat Loki and imprison him again for good…… or destroy me entirely.

Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead was published on the 3rd of October 2017. Me being me didn’t get it until later and then finally read it. It was published by Penguin Random House.

This is the third book in this series, and anyone who has read Rick Riordan is just anxiously waiting for the book or book series where all of the mythology combines (Greek, Roman, Egyptians, Norse) because I know I am definitely.

Spoiler Alert-

Regarding the plot I really enjoyed reading how coming up to the battle with Loki, Magnus was stressing that he wouldn’t be able to win the challenge that he would propose. But he didn’t think that Loki would turn the challenge down, did he? I loved how that was the plot twist, nobody really excepted that to come out like that, I know I certainly didn’t.

What makes me love reading Rick Riordan more is that he twists the mythology together in a way. For example, Magnus Chase is involved in Norse and is related to Annabeth Chase a demigod (Greek) who is best friends with Roman demigods and knows Carter and Sadie from the Egyptians mythology.

Finished Spoiling –

Everything in Rick Riordan’s series always connects in a way and sometimes it’s confusing but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What really made me enjoy reading this book is the fact that Samirah is Muslim but during this book she was fasting throughout the journey. Which was amazing to read and very educational in a way – she described her self as “empty but it a good way.”  I loved reading about this because I don’t know much about diverse cultures except the basics and I enjoyed learning that you break your fasting at night with a couple of dates and more.

That wasn’t the only aspect that I really enjoyed but also Alex. Alex is a complicated actor, who has secrets about her family that come out through the story. But also, that they are gender fluid meaning it is not a she or him but they because she constantly changes gender. Which I find was captivating to read.

Not only that but their friendship with Magnus Chase, in some parts of the book you just knew that Magnus was bisexual with the way he described Alex whether they were a boy or a girl. It really was funny to read because he didn’t know what was happening half the time with Alex, and I just loved how oblivious he was when it came to them.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend that anyone should read Rick Riordan’s books because trust me you won’t regret it.

Rating – 5/5

PS. Is anyone else super excited for the next Trials of Apollo to come out this year? Because I know I certainly am – Caleo all the way.

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A Monsters Call – Book Review

A Monsters Call by Patrick Ness

12:07 is the designated time for the monster, but it isn’t the one from Conor’s nightmare. But it wants the most dangerous thing of all.

It wants the truth.

This book has been quoted by John Green, The Times, Philip Pullman and Daily Mail.  John Green is one of my favourite authors of all time, so I decided to read this but also because all I have heard is good things about this. It seems that everyone has read it and that finally pushed me to pick up A Monsters Call by Patrick Ness.  

This book is different from the others as Patrick Ness didn’t come up with this idea instead Siobhan Dowd was the one who had the original idea. But sadly, she passed away before she can develop the story.  A Monsters Call was published by Walker Books in 2011, in 2016 it was developed into a movie.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I am planning on watching it soon. In this book, you really get to grow with the main character, Conor. He must come to terms that his mother has cancer and is incredibly ill, along with this you see him grow into a more mature boy who copes with a lot of pain.  This plot is dark and mysterious as when the monster walks it tells tales of when it walked before. But they aren’t just any tales where there’s a good guy and a bad guy, these tales have more meaning to it that make you think whether good and bad really exist or is there just human.

Regarding the characterisation, the Monster is described to not be scary to Conor but is still described to be a terrifying monster. This intrigues me as when reading this book, you don’t know why Conor isn’t scared of the Monster until the very end, yet it made me so much more curious to see the answer. Conor, on the other hand, is described to have this huge burden on his shoulders at the age of 12. To add to that he has to go to school being pitied and an outcast. A Monsters Call has so many emotions in it that have been expressed through the Monster and Conor. Such as fear, anger, pain, upset, sad, lonely, invisible and much more.

Overall this is an amazing book with a very deep moral, I highly recommend that you read this as it a one of a kind type of book that has a place in the heart of the reader.

Rating – 5/5

Okay so I know this isn’t a long blog post, but I wanted to do a book review because I feel like I haven’t done one in ages, so I decided what better book to do a review on then A Monsters Call by the one and only Patrick Ness. 

Is it me or does it feel like Christmas is so close, I am super excited for Xmas and if any of you guys have any requests for blog post revolving Christmas contact me and I will be sure to have a go.

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Book Review- Lady Midnight

In a kingdom by the sea….

In a world were half-angel humans protect the mundanes. Parabatai is a sacred word that pledges two warriors, to fight side-by-side, to be best friends, to be in sync with each other. But to never fall in love with them.

Emma Carstairs is a half-angel, a Shadowhunter. She lives for danger; her family isn’t blood but is connected through one person. Her Parabatai, Julian Blackthorn. Downworlders are pushing their limits after the Dark War. When bodies of human and faeries- enemies to Shadowhunter’s- start to be found murdered exactly the way Emma’s parents were five years ago. Suspicion rises, along with an intense investigation.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare was published by Simon & Schuster in 2016. This is one of the many books that written in the Shadowhunter world. The other series include The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, Tales from a Shadowhunter Academy, and many more books that accompany this everlasting series.

The genre, of this book is fantasy. This world has been delicately created by the wonderful Cassandra Clare and even in the new books, surprises about this world always seem to pop up.

The plot in this book, is spooky, dark, creepy, intriguing. It has everything it needs and more; amazing dialogue, twists, tensions, and POETRY. Lady Midnight’s plot is based around a poem that I really like as it is about loss, death, heartache, and most of all love. The poem of course is the great Annabel Lee. The way in which Cassandra Clare involved this book around that poem is genius, she interrupts the words in a, wonderful way.

Regarding the character development for the main characters, it felt like they were actual people. The images in my head were so life like, that just made me not stop reading until I was done. There are many characters in this book as the Blackthorn family is big, but the main characters are Emma Carstairs, Julian Blackthorn, Mark Blackthorn, and Cristina Rosales from Mexico. The personalities from all of these characters astounds me as they are so intricate. But what gets me so invested into this book is that secrets are hidden, and people are trying to run away from the past.

The way that the characters were introduced was amazing, as the emotion poured right out of the text. Fear, denial, scared, anger- these emotions were evident when we first met Mark Blackthorn, after he had been so long gone in the Wild Hunt.

(spoilers)-What really got me to enjoy Lady Midnight was at the end the poem from the fair folk with the instructions on how to bring a person from the dead back-

“First the flame and then the flood:

In the end, it’s Blackthorn blood.

Seek thou to forget what’s past

First thirteen and then the last.

Search not book of angel’s gray.

Red or white will lead you far astray.

To regain what you have lost,

Find the black book at any cost.”

This got me even more invested as I do love a snazzy poem.

Overall Lady Midnight is an amazing book, and I highly recommend you read it but to read the other books about Shadowhunter’s first.

Rating – 5/5 Continue reading “Book Review- Lady Midnight”

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